The Spirit Of St. Louis (1957)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1957.  Leland Hayward Productions, Warner Bros., Billy Wilder Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Wendell Mayes, adaptation by Charles Lederer, based on the book by Charles A. Lindbergh.  Cinematography by Robert Burks, J. Peverell Marley.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Art Loel.  Costume Design by Jane Leonard, Vic Vallejo.  Film Editing … More The Spirit Of St. Louis (1957)

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In Old Chicago (1937)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Darryl F. Zanuck Productions.  Story by Niven Busch, Screenplay by Lamar Trotti, Sonya Levien.  Cinematography by J. Peverell Marley.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by William S. Darling, Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1937.   The old … More In Old Chicago (1937)

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Chicago (1927)

BBBB (out of 5) The play by Maureen Dallas Watkins that later became a talkie hit for Ginger Rogers and, most famously, a Broadway musical and Oscar winning film many decades later was also made as a now forgotten silent film. Phyllis Haver is superb as Roxie Hart, the wayward housewife who goes to jail for … More Chicago (1927)

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Life With Father

BBB.5 (out of 5) Delightful family comedy, the kind of nostalgia that was made in the forties to capitalize on the success of Meet Me In St. Louis. Adapted from the hit play based on the autobiographical tales of Clarence Day (junior), it surrounds the experience of a family living under the rule of a … More Life With Father

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Moon Over Miami

BBB (out of 5) Betty Grable goes to a resort in Miami posing as a wealthy heiress in order to ensnare a rich husband. She gets Don Ameche instead, but at least he really loves her and they sound great together singing duets. This piece of fluff is completely harmless, less enjoyable than Down Argentine Way (also … More Moon Over Miami

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Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1938.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Kathryn Scola, Lamar Trotti, adaptation by Richard Sherman.  Cinematography by J. Peverell Marley.  Produced by Harry Joe Brown.  Music by Irving Berlin, Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Bernard Herzbrun, Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1938.   Fantastic Irving Berlin musical features over two … More Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938)

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The King Of Kings

BBB.5 (out of 5) Films about the life of Christ were already a frequent focus of the medium when Cecil B. DeMille made this impressive blockbuster, but it would be safe to say that this is the first grand project on the subject.  H.B. Warner is appropriately blond and lightning-eyed for the white Protestant crowd, … More The King Of Kings

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